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Old May 20th, 2009, 08:31 AM   #1
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what camera are using for motion pictures?

Hi guys .. i am a miniDV camera user and just saw a crew shooting for the movie SALT , they had 3-4 large camera .. was just wondering what kind of cameras do they use .. i tried searching it online and wasnt sure how to look for it ... what camera are used in motion pictures? what price range?
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Old May 20th, 2009, 01:45 PM   #2
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what camera are used in motion pictures? what price range?
35mm Film. A few hundred grand per.

Usually it's something like this:

http://www.panavision.com/product_de...de=c0,c3,c4,c5

Sometimes they use video, in which case it might be something like a Sony F950, F900, or F23:

http://pro.sony.com/bbsc/ssr/product-HDWF900R/

http://pro.sony.com/bbsc/ssr/cat-bro...a/product-F23/

Many TV dramas and some comedies (comedies are usually shot on tape but some still use film) use something like this:

http://www.panavision.com/product_de...c100,c101,c102

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Old May 20th, 2009, 02:46 PM   #3
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wow these are expensive. .. why r they THIS expensive ..compared to some very cheap camera like Canon xl2 ... which claims to do pretty good job at film look... ?
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Old May 20th, 2009, 02:59 PM   #4
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For the same reason a Ferrari is more expensive than a Yugo.

But your point is well-taken ... there is some amazing technology available to us that was unheard of ten years ago.
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Old May 20th, 2009, 03:02 PM   #5
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For the same reason a Ferrari is more expensive than a Yugo.

But your point is well-taken ... there is some amazing technology available to us that was unheard of ten years ago.
is there differnnce in media too ??? dose that matter a lot too on price? what make these camera sooo dammm expensive?
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is there differnnce in media too ??? dose that matter a lot too on price? what make these camera sooo dammm expensive?
The lenses are also expensive. A number of factors come in such as build quality, the size of the market. The high end professional market is a lot more demanding and is a lot smaller than the mass consumer market. There's a lot of R & D which has to be spread over a smaller number of units and specifications are demanding.

The RED camera costs less, but it doesn't have the expensive specialised VTR, rather it uses computer technology which has it's R & D costs spread over a larger number of units such as hard drives which also have a market in IT.

Most productions rent their 35mm film cameras, you can't buy a Panavision camera.

Tape stock for the high end cameras is more expensive, but so are other costs.

You can get a lot for your money on the consumer camera and prosumer cameras
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The lenses are also expensive. A number of factors come in such as build quality, the size of the market. The high end professional market is a lot more demanding and is a lot smaller than the mass consumer market. There's a lot of R & D which has to be spread over a smaller number of units and specifications are demanding.

The RED camera costs less, but it doesn't have the expensive specialised VTR, rather it uses computer technology which has it's R & D costs spread over a larger number of units such as hard drives which also have a market in IT.

Most productions rent their 35mm film cameras, you can't buy a Panavision camera.

Tape stock for the high end cameras is more expensive, but so are other costs.

You can get a lot for your money on the consumer camera and prosumer cameras
thats a lot of information.. ! thanks !
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I think there is something else left unsaid ... the picture quality, the depth of view (or rather, lack of) that comes with the large 35mm film / sensor size - that you cannot get using a smaller sized sensor. Therefore, the Canon XL2 will most likely represent the pinnacle of performance that you can EVER get out of a mini DV format. Even HD cameras using 1/3" CCD or CMOS are unlikely EVER to approach the quality of a 35mm Panavision film camera. You can only push electronics so much. Panavision also has 70mm film as well - how does that compares with a tiny 1/3 inch "film"?
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